Only 6% of people that have been confirmed to have covid-19 have actually died.
This may sound like a very small number, but compared to the seasonal flu, it's astronomical. From our assignment this week, we talked about per capita calculations and the per 100,000 number that the CDC uses to compare statistics. Here are some stats to put the seriousness of COVID-19 into perspective.
The seasonal flu has a mortality rate of 2 people out of 100,000.
These are the stats for COVID-19, and this is only after a few months..not the entire flu season. Belgium's mortality rate is 83.05 people out of 100,000. Again, very small numbers..but compare that to the 2 from influenza.
Numbers aside, one of the most perplexing aspects of all of this is the wide range of severity to the disease. How can someone spread a virus and not have any symptoms, while another healthy person can get the virus and succumb to it quickly... We haven't seen anything like this in our life times.